Family demands 20 cattle to bury relative

Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
A GOKWE family allegedly dumped the body of their relative at a neighbour’s homestead on Wednesday demanding 20 head of cattle before burial after a Boxing Day land boundary dispute turned fatal.

The body of Francis Mutsakirwa, 37, of Mutsakirwa Village, Headman Mashame under Chief Chireya in Gokwe North, was only buried yesterday after the family of the murder suspect, Edson Sibanda, 47, parted with 10 beasts and a goat, with promises to deliver the remaining cattle later.

Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko confirmed Mutsakirwa’s death on December 26 after he was struck by Sibanda.

He could not immediately comment on the compensation issue.

“I confirm the death of Francis Mutsakirwa on December 26. A villager Edson Sibanda has since been arrested in connection with his murder,” he said.

However, the victim’s neighbours told The Chronicle that on the fateful day, Mutsakirwa and Sibanda were in their fields when an argument over the boundary arose.

“In the heat of the moment, Sibanda struck Mutsakirwa on the forehead and he collapsed”.

They ferried him to Mashame clinic where his condition deteriorated before he was transferred to Nembudziya clinic where he was pronounced dead,” said Tinotenda Marange, a neighbour of Mutsakirwa.

He said Mutsakirwa’s body was taken for a post-mortem and was only brought back on January 13.

Marange said Mutsakirwa’s relatives took his body and dumped it at Sibanda’s homestead demanding 20 head of cattle as compensation for the loss of their son.

He said after dumping their relative’s body on January 13, Mutsakirwa’s family returned to their homestead. “Because of the hot temperatures, Mutsakirwa’s body quickly decomposed forcing the Sibandas to desert their homestead. They then went to headman Mashame to report the matter,” he said.

The Chronicle learnt that Mutsakirwa’s body stayed at the Sibanda homestead for 24 hours as both parties failed to reach consensus.

Marange said the police were called in but nothing materialised as the Mutsakirwa’s were adamant that they were only going to bury their relative after they were compensated.

He said yesterday, after the intervention of the police and traditional leaders in the village, the Sibandas released 10 head of cattle and a goat to facilitate the burial. “So the 10 head of cattle were in front while the scotch cart with Mutsakirwa’s body was following behind. He was finally buried,” said Marange.

Insp Goko appealed to members of the community to desist from engaging in unnecessary fights which he said were leading to loss of lives.

He said church elders, the police, and community leaders should be approached in case of misunderstandings to save life.

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  • koka

    thats why my family abandoned this shona tribe and its wierd culture. We would rather be amahole in the mighty Ndebele setup than clowns that extort money using a deceased person. we would rather eat protein filled amcimbi than rats & bats which could be poisonous. these people are really primitive to the core that’s why they are voting on tribal lines to keep zanu in power. zanu must fall


    You guys what has gotten into your minds. why are you so inclined on tribalism. we need to love one another and stop preaching the gospel of hatred. we do not condone violence and murder but issues must be solved amicably. Rom 12 vs 19 the Bible says ” Vengeance is mine, i will repay, saith the Lord (KJV).

  • Ghost of Sparta

    You are a strange person! Its a good thing your foolish father warned you to stay away from marrying shona’s cz i doubt they’d want a person of your caliber marrying their daughters. Ndwangu

  • Ghost of Sparta

    You are dull; how do you choose what tribe to be born in. That’s why you have nothing to your name because you don’t think. Nwabu

  • koka

    You did well. thina sasesiyidlile imbeba sabuya sayikhafula. it left a bitter taste in my mouth.

  • zene

    bantu yekelani ukuhlambalaza abangasekho ngokufuna imbadalo.

  • mtshayisa

    “Pastor, uselime wedlulisa emnceleni ,Ameni”

  • Ghost of Sparta

    What are you on about, wena fudu!

  • Doctor Do little

    I think that as human as we are we still differ on customs linked with culture. Some of these are good some not so good. It is not up to me or anybody to condemn other peoples culture. As long as there is no legislation to ban these practices some will say there is nothing wrong with them. All customary practices derived from ancient culture of different groups. This was not limited to only Africa. Just for a sane moment the below are laws that are still in existence in England and France and ?? well read for yourself……

    It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
    It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen’s image upside-down.
    It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a clerk in a tropical fish store.
    Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned in Britain.
    The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen.
    If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and needs the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter.
    In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet.
    It is illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing.
    It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour.
    In Trinity College students can demand a glass of wine at any time during an exam, provided they are wearing their sword.
    It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.
    In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk.
    In England, all men over the age of 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice a day.
    In England it is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises. [pubs, clubs and bars, restaurants]
    In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.
    It is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses.
    In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays can be jailed.
    In Scotland it is illegal to be a drunk in possession of a cow.
    In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon.
    Also in France it is illegal to kiss on railways in France.
    Royal Navy ships that enter the Port of London must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.

  • Dungeni

    Uyakuxholela Nkiwane.